Each year on our son’s birthday, I sit down and type out a letter to give to him at some point in the future. I don’t go back and read the old letters before I write the new one. I just type what I remember from the year and hope that one day when he’s older that he will read these and appreciate having the memories documented in my words.
To my precious Turner Cole,
You’re six! Happy birthday! It’s been a big day for you – you lost your first tooth on the playground at school today! I surprised you by showing up to have lunch with you, and you were so excited to show me that your tooth was gone. Turner, you have grown so much in the past year, and your daddy and I are so proud of the big boy that you are becoming. So much has happened this year, so I will try to think back and recap as much as I can remember for you.
Early in the year, we took you on what was supposed to be another magical vacation to Disney World. Unfortunately, you and daddy both got the flu at the very beginning of our trip. We spent several days of our trip in the hotel room to let you and dad recover. One day you slept for 15 hours straight! Thankfully you both started feeling better and we got to enjoy some time in the parks toward the end of our trip.
The month of March brought a big change for our family. I started a new job and I got to work from home! Things didn’t feel too different for you yet, though, as I still drove you to your Pre-K (Legacy Learning Center) in Plano every day until your graduation in May. Daddy and I wanted you to stay there with your friends so you could all graduate together. I remember you said that when you grow up, you want to be Captain America! After your graduation, you started attending a summer school/daycare at a church near our house. It was hard for you to leave your friends at LLC (especially Everette), but you handled it so well. You loved when you got to play in the splash pad at your new daycare!
You started going to swim class early this year, too. It was really amazing to see your progress from week to week. By the summer, you were swimming like a fish! You liked to go swim at the gym and at our neighborhood pool. Besides swimming, we tried to do other fun things with you throughout the year. We went to see the musical “Aladdin,” went to the theater to see movies, had play dates with your friends, and we took a trip to Mississippi for the 4th of July. You also started classes at Kid Strong this year, which you love!
After all that summer fun, it was time for you to start Kindergarten! On your first day of school, you said that you want to be a Ninja when you grow up. I have to admit, I was a little worried about how you would handle going to school all day. There were some days that you gave me a very hard time at daycare drop off, so I was nervous about you going to “big school.” Boy, was I wrong!! You did SO GREAT! It has been such a joy to watch you flourish in school. At the time I am writing this, you have already received 2 “Shine Time” awards (one for PE the 1st 9 weeks, and a leadership award the 2nd 9 weeks). You are learning to read and do math. It amazes me every day to see how much you love school and everything that you have learned.
We made a couple of quick trips to Mississippi during the fall. You were such a big helper at Papa and Lulu’s 50th wedding anniversary party. You and Katie were the door greeters, and you told everyone that came in that they must sign the guest book or they don’t get dessert! You also took some great pictures during the party. We went back to Mississippi a few weeks later so daddy and I could go to homecoming at Southern Miss. You hung out with Katie while we were at the game. I pray that you are always close with your cousins! As of now, your 1st cousins are Katie, Lyda Kate, Cannon, Hank, and a new baby girl cousin coming in June! (We haven’t told you about her yet!)
Some of your favorite things to do this year included watching YouTube (monitored closely by mom and dad) and playing with Bey Blades. My sweet son, you have been obsessed with those bey blades for a long time now! I don’t understand the appeal, but somehow you managed to convince daddy and me to buy about a dozen of them! You also learned to play Uno and Checkers this year, and it was pretty fun listening to you “smack talk.” You were also very good at playing games on your tablet, like tic tac toe and racing games. You liked to read books on my computer and you enjoyed doing any type of experiment. You and I watched the Kids Baking Championship on Food Network, and you said one day you might like to be a “cooker,” too!
Although I love seeing you grow, sometimes I wish I could stop the clock and keep you little forever. You still (mostly) keep the promise that you made a while back to give me at least one big boy hug every day forever, and I truly cherish those hugs. Even on days that you are difficult (yes, even you have an attitude with me sometimes!), I make sure that we talk it out and make things right before you go to bed. I try very hard to speak words of affirmation and encouragement to you every night as you fall asleep. I also give you a kiss on the head after you’re asleep, and I hope to be able to do that for a long time to come.
Every day that I take you to school, I say the same words that Lulu said to me when I was your age: “God bless and keep you safe. I love you with all my heart!” I also love the scripture in Numbers 6 that says: “May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.” That is my prayer for you, sweet Turner. I love you more than I know how to put into words. You are my pride and joy, and I can’t wait to see what this new year brings for you.
I love you times twenty million infinities.